HR Certification

Professional Pathways

Your HR Certification Starts Here

Build the confidence and skills you need to help start and then propel your career in the human resources profession with Metro’s new certificate program.

The Associate Professional in Human Resources – International™ (aPHRi™) certificate program, offered in partnership by Metro and Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), will help you prepare to write a certification exam and get you on the fast track to your career goals. Every successful candidate will become certified as an Associate Professional in Human Resources – International.

Class details:

  • 8 weeks: Feb 26 – April 26, 2019
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-9pm
  • In-person at Vimy Ridge Academy (8205 90 Ave NW)
  • $999 (including manual fee)

For students, early-career HR professionals, non-HR managers and those transitioning into HR roles, the Associate Professional in Human Resources – International will prove your knowledge of foundational HR as practiced in a global setting.

This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Winter Term Registration Open Now

Questions? Contact us at 780-428-1111 or email our program advisor, Sadia Anwar, at


About the Program

Our Talented Instructor

Ada Tai, MBA, CHRP C. Mgr.

Ada Tai has been working as an HR professional in a variety of industries for 10 years. Currently, through her HR consulting business, Ada integrates effective HR processes, programs and practices into daily business operations and providing customized corporate training.

Ada also creates a hands-on, interactive and supportive learning environment as an instructor with Metro Continuing Education, the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. Additionally, she provides personal job search and career coaching. Ada is regularly invited to speak at conferences throughout the province.

Course Overview

HR Operations

Organizational Strategy, Legal and Regulatory Environment, Confidentiality and Privacy Rules, Business Functions, Employee Record Management, HR Metrics, Job Classifications, Function of HR Information Systems etc

Recruitment and Selection

Applicable laws and regulations, Applicant databases, Recruitment Sources, Recruitment methods, Interviewing Techniques, Post-offer Activities

Compensation and Benefits

Applicable laws and regulations, Pay structures and Programs, total Reward Statements, Benefit Programs, Payroll processes, Claims processing requirements, Work-Life balance practices etc

Human Resource Development and Retention

Applicable laws and regulations, Training delivery format, how to evaluate training programs, Career development practices, Performance Appraisal methods etc

Employee Relations

Applicable laws affecting employment in union and non-union environments, Employee and Employer rights and responsibilities, Employee Feedback, Workplace behavior issues, Methods for investigating grievances and complaints, Progressive discipline, Termination activities, Employee relations programs etc

Health, Safety and Security

Applicable laws and regulations related to workplace health, safety, security and privacy, Risk mitigation in the workplace, Security risks in the workplace.


Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the aPHRi you must have a high school diploma or global equivalent.  No HR experience is required as this is a knowledge-based credential.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) as part of the admissions process.

Minimum CLB Requirements: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 7 and Writing 7

Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following test scores:

  • CLB: 7; no section score below 7
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5; no section score below 6
  • TOEFL iBT: 84; no section score below 20
  • CELPIP General: 7; no section score below 7


Exam Information:

  • Testing is conducted by a third party authorized by HRCI in Edmonton
  • Test format:
    • Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
    • Exam time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
    • Exam length: 125 multiple-choice questions


Don’t miss out!

Still have questions? Contact us at 780-428-1111 or email our program advisor, Sadia Anwar, at